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Ontario proposes new water bottling policies and veto power for municipalities

Township of Puslinch has concerns that the government is not addressing all water taking permits

The provincial government is proposing new water bottling policies which would give municipalities veto power over new water bottling permits. 

This would also allow them to set new rules and priorities for taking groundwater. 

Nestle Waters has a bottling plant in the Township of Puslinch, and Mayor James Seeley said it is great the province is allowing municipalities to be part of the approval process, however, he is concerned Ontario is not addressing all permits. 

"They are giving a blind eye to aggregate water taking permits, in my municipality there's a situation that the two operate directly abundant to each other, and the aggregate water taking is substantially more than the bottling permit."  

Aggregate water taking is mostly used for pits, or quarries, and under the Aggregate Resources Act, municipalities do not have the power to veto. "Yet we have the water bottling industry where they are going to allow the veto of it ... if they are going to allow vetoing of the water bottling industry, I would want the same legislation put into place for the aggregate industry," added Seeley.


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